CAREER & TECHNICAL PROGRAMS
Elective Focus: 3 Credits in one area
Career and Technical Education provides students many opportunities to explore practical applications of various career options. Courses in the area are designed for all students - those who plan a four-year degree, those who plan to attend technical schools/community colleges, and those who intend to enter the work force upon graduation. Students who plan to attend a four-year college can gain a competitive edge in the job market by completing technical education classes and mastering related course competencies along with college preparatory courses.
The CTE program areas are related to the following 7 nationally recognized career Clusters:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Health Science
- Human Services
- Information Technology
Each cluster and its respective programs of study are listed in the chart in this section of the catalog. Upon selecting a Program of Study or Career Cluster, the student can pursue a focused elective by earning three credits from within that Program of Study or Career Cluster. Each cluster is outlined in detail.
In each CTE course a youth organization is offered to the student that provides leadership skills that complement the career skills being taught in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to participate on a local, regional, state and national level. The students will participate in citizenship, community activities, school activities and possibly compete in skills competitions at a local, regional, state, and national level. These Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are:
- HOSA: Future Health Professionals
- Distributive Education Clubs of America First US Robotics
- Skills USA